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June 20, 2017, 5:26 p.m.
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Re: Flaked

The show is a pretty accurate indicator of whats happening in Venice.

Start ups (Snap) have moved into the area and are changing what it used to be.

Keep Venice Weird is trying to, well, to keep Venice weird, but since the world is in a mega gentrifying, character less phase, I don't have high hopes.

June 16, 2017, 6:05 p.m.
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Re: Flaked

Love the show, love Venice even more. Used to be down there 3-4 times a year.

March 15, 2017, 8:11 a.m.
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Re: Laptops

In on this one too.

I know one annoying fact of cheaper units is the fact they come preloaded with the most bloated Windows versions known to man. 

Any way of avoiding this?

Feb. 23, 2017, 10:38 a.m.
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Donald Trump... Narcissist in Chief!

It's precious "the press" is all in tears now. They were well onto their way of bullshit irrelevance when Chomsky called them out thirty years ago.

Call me when 95% of "the press" isn't owned by a few entities. Until then, they are a major reason why Trump and friends are running the show.

Correct.

Opinions and conspiracy theories aside;

10 Corporation sell 75% of goods we buy.
6 Corporations sell 90% of media we buy.

Thats approximately 300 board members and a handful of CEO.

The whole "elites control everything" isn't a conspiracy, its a fact of business.

I'm going to repeat this till blue in the face;

None of this has anything to do with race, colour, sexuality, nationality, party affiliations, those are distractions to turn billions of people against each other while literally a room full of people accumulates wealth that surpasses the 7 billion below them.

Feb. 20, 2017, 11:07 a.m.
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Donald Trump... Narcissist in Chief!

So is this assclown done? I just can't see him making it to 100 days at the rate he is going. Fox News is even turning on him, which can only be seen as the Republican establishment starting to distance themselves from him before they pull the rug out. They just need to shelter Pence. Win win for them really. Donald the clown gets them in the White House and then Pence goes with the worst of their agenda. If the Republicans don't pull out the knives a Democratic congress (very likely considering how unpopular Trump is) will go after him with everything they have. It just makes sense to pull off the band aid now.

Nothing has gone the way I thought it would over the last year, so who really knows, but for the love of white Jebus it is looking worse every day for this administration.

There are a lot of terrifying scenarios that can play out, and this is definitely one of them.

Trump has tens of millions supporting him and his agenda, if the elites on both sides of aisle push him out it will create an unreal amount of anger in those that really believe he is the anti-globalist dream.

Alex Jones, and InfoWars is a great perspective on how Trump base operates - and his reach is massive. You certainly don't have to agree with what InfoWars pushes, but it does provide a perspective on how millions of people are going to react if Trump would ever get pushed out.

Feb. 18, 2017, 4:10 p.m.
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The decline of forums

Work harder, or work two jobs, take care of your own responsibilities in lieu of throwing stones and blaming 'poor job market'. Starbucks is not below anyone, it is opportunity. The educated should not simply rely on others to the tune of $180 million per year.

I think we should reduce this to bare bones;

Do you believe that as a species we should strive for a consistently increasing quality of life over the course of each generation?

And why?

Feb. 17, 2017, 8:36 a.m.
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The decline of forums

Educated people are failing us tremendously. No critical thinking, no learning to person by taking responsibility.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/liberals-forgive-student-loans-again-1.3982728

Its so much more complicated than that.

School is business -[HTML_REMOVED] business' sell -[HTML_REMOVED] schools sell courses -[HTML_REMOVED] rapid tech changes require additional schooling -[HTML_REMOVED] schools focus on profits over pertinent education -[HTML_REMOVED] higher school costs -[HTML_REMOVED] student loans -[HTML_REMOVED] limited job market opportunities -[HTML_REMOVED] stagnant wage growth -[HTML_REMOVED] defaults on loans.

How do you change one part of that cycle without blowing up the whole system or driving it down to ideologies of lib/con, black/white?

When did pillars of our civilization become profit driven? And why have we been so complicit in this?

Feb. 16, 2017, 11:22 a.m.
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The decline of forums

There is a trove of amazing technical information shared on forums if you spend the time looking, reading and digging.

I am thankful of those that share their build projects and technical information online. But you only get out what you put in, so remember to give back and make some quality posts of your own.

You're never going to change someone's political/social view arguing on the internet so why bother wasting the time. You're likely receive a useless meme to your well researched.

Why is this true?

We need a giant reset in the West. Education is failing us tremendously.

People need to learn how to be person/human. Critical thinking, etc.

Feb. 16, 2017, 8:17 a.m.
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The decline of forums

I actually think decline of forums is symptomatic of a larger trend in society. Its the "echo chamber" effect that has been described as people that segregate themselves into like minded groups and only choose to hear like minded opinions.

The failure is that most people are fully entrenched in their views, not interested in being engaged and challenged.

Its like proudly saying "I only vote party X, have all my life. " that pretty much sums a person not worth having a discussion with.

With that you get a decline in discussion, decline in traffic, and community gone.

Its systematically happened to most boards I been visiting over the last 15 years, regardless of what the topic of discussion is. The community always hangs up on a polarizing issue, splinters into groups, and eventually devolves into chaos.

This is why Twitter and FB chat are successful, its like guerrilla warfare, you can have 100 different arguments a day without ever needing to preserve a common platform.

Feb. 16, 2017, 8:08 a.m.
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Donald Trump... Narcissist in Chief!

And how quickly people shelf their core values for money. Not who's President?

Stuff like this is so disappointing from both sides, that it actually makes me kind of wish Putin would take over and send all of us to Gulags for being intolerably stupid.

Feb. 14, 2017, 3:21 p.m.
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Donald Trump... Narcissist in Chief!

I do find the left wings paranoia of anything to do with Russia somewhat amusing.

I realize the danger Putin poses, his ambitions, his history.

But are we to seriously believe that there is a vast conspiracy here of Russian double agents, with Donald Trump as their leader, taking over the White House, and selling the US to Russia? Is this where the narrative leads?

Not to mention this doesn't at all fit with Trumps anti-China narrative, considering the close ties between Russia and China.

This sounds about as realistic as all the Far Right wing theories about Sandy Hook being a false flag.

The most tragic thing about Trump is not him, or his comments, or anything else directly related to him- whats truly tragic is that his election really exposed just how divided the US is, and instead of getting better its only getting more polarized.

Feb. 14, 2017, 3:10 p.m.
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The Decline of Vancouver.

That's like giving 1$ to a homeless dude on the street and saying you did something about it. The lack of infrastructure in this city is beyond inadequate. Not sure you can fix it unless you spend mega $$$ and developers will not do that. Citizens/tax payers on the other hand…
Developers are not tax payers, they are tax recipients.

I think were talking different scales of infrastructure.

What yourself and Jerry-Rig are getting at is large scale, i.e; Skytrain type developments.

In that case I agree, our current model is an absolute failure that privatizes profits, but uses public funding.

Translink should be buying up land around all planned Skytrain stations, and reselling at profits to pay off the lines when built - this isn't anything new, its how transit systems get paid for elsewhere.

Instead we fund the transit lines out of tax dollars, and private business enjoys the land lift by buying up land around stations.

I do think its worth repeating that Vancouver's/BC's absolute failure of a housing policy is the primary culprit behind the issues the region faces as a whole.

Discussion about 10lane bridges to Ladner wouldn't exist if we didn't have policies that encourage driving and sprawl.

If Vancouver and Burnaby allowed smarter density you would have a credible path at reducing some of the numerous issues (not so) slowly rendering this region unliveable for the most of us.

Feb. 14, 2017, 11:52 a.m.
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The Decline of Vancouver.

I'm pretty sure the developers aren't paying for the road upgrades… maybe getting politicians elected.

One way or another they are.

There are lots of one of deals - for instance increased density allowances traded for construction cost of new Rec centre, etc.

Plus permit fees make up a very significant portion of city budgets, so absolutely they pay for the infrastructure upgrades required.

Lastly, many jurisdictions force homeowners/builders to pay for utility upgrades when pulling a building permit.

Feb. 13, 2017, 6:39 p.m.
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The Decline of Vancouver.

so with this increased density who is going to pay for the increased infrastructure? Sure the hell isn't the developers.

Developers pay for it now, I don't see why they wouldn't pay for it then.

It would have also been a much more spread out cost had Vancouver densified in the way I outlined, rather than required intense capital expenditures to upgrade entire neighbourhoods to reflect massive jumps in density.

Feb. 9, 2017, 6:43 p.m.
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The Decline of Vancouver.

When you talk about density - are you referring to density just inside the downtown peninsula or in Vancouver as a whole? IMO the downtown peninsula is very dense but the rest of Vancouver isn't dense at all. If you drive 5 mins outside of downtown you have nothing but single family homes on decent sized lots. That's the area they need to make more dense… knock down everything west of Main Street and replace it with townhouses and low-rise apartment buildings.

Vancouver doubled down on a all or nothing zoning policy.

You have transit related clusters of very high density land designated for high rise - this will never be affordable, the land costs will always go up lockstep with FSR allowed on site, and construction costs will continue to go up as codes becomes ever more complex, and material costs increase.

You are left with 80% of Vancouver being single family homes. Even though these aren't truly single family anymore, since most are suited, this is far, far from highest and best use.

The solution was to allow reasonable spot rezoning and much more infill.

Examples of this would have been;

- Turn hundredths of corner lots into 3 dwellings
- With this; allow taller structures to allow ground level parking, under units
- Allow row homes
- Allow laneway homes (before 2008 )
- Allow smaller homes

Key here is, do none of the above in broad strokes - allow developers and builders to apply with ideas. This eliminates speculators front running, land hoarding, and driving up costs. Fine example being the Cambie corridor.

All of above, combined with 3-4 story mid rise buildings could easily alleviate the housing crunch we are in, and go a massive way towards reducing traffic and congestion in the whole region.

That being said - all the above is pie in the sky, chances are slim to none of any of it happening since it would require we upend municipal and provincial politics.

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